When I joined Twitter several months ago I instantly started following as many people as possible, the idea being that they would follow me back and I could post links to ImAFish for them to visit. It turns out that 90% of everyone else on Twitter also has this idea and quickly my Twitter page turned into a spammy mess. The 5-10 people that I actually wanted to talk too were drowned out in all the chatter about social marketing, SEO, marketing classes online, life coaching and anything else that can be sold.
Rather than unfollowing 300 people I decided to start fresh and just follow the people I was interested in.
My new Twitter account: http://twitter.com/kingpetey
Last night I went to a talk with local BBC Shropshire radio presenter Jim Hawkins, I will admit I've never listened to any local radio because of the idea its only for old people, while Jim confirmed this, what was interesting was his approach to Twitter.
Every day his show covers a range of issues where people contact the show to discuss the chosen topic however by also posting this topic on Twitter, Jim can get replies based on this topic through Twitter and just as importantly people who don't listen to his show can contribute. Giving him a wider audience in a slightly difference sense.
Main stream media has been jumping on Twitter recently as an important tool for breaking news however as Jim has discovered its just as important to encourage local discussion and break local news.
Shropshire based media has never taken much interest in local blogging even though ImAFish gets hundreds of thousand hits per year and has proven blogging can be profitable, in fact I only know one other serious local blogger in Shropshire - Scott Patterson from UKMac. I'm sure there are more however there is no sense of community between local bloggers. Shropshire has always been behind when it comes to social media, perhaps with the BBC pushing services such as Twitter in the county it will be good for us all.